I was so disappointed upon seeing what Pandin Lake looked like. Gone are the days when I can walk to the lake without breaking a sweat. Tall trees used to shield visitors from the harsh sun. A private land owner decided to announce his/her presence by fencing their piece of land using modern materials like yero. Several houses have also sprouted on the sides of the lake. Gone are the days where a beach-like lake shore can be enjoyed. I also noticed that ropes were being used to pull bamboo rafts for tourists. Picnicking is also possible aboard roofed bamboo rafts. Locals sell fresh buko juice too. You can also bring your own food and just enjoy the rest of day. No need to hurry.
I am most familiar with Kalibato lake next to Sampaloc lake. A friend of mine has a house nearby and my first visit here was back in 2004. Just like the rest of the lakes, tilapias are also raised here. A small waterfall can also be found at one side. During my initial visit, my friends and I were able to bathe and relax here. The lake pool looked like small jacuzzi.
The last lake we visited and the least scenic one in my opinion. This is located near San Pablo town proper in Brgy. San Cristobal. Residential houses sprouted like mushrooms right on the lake, obscuring the view. It is sad how the local government do not see the potential of the seven lakes as a prime tourist destination. The first half of our day ended at around past 1 pm. We paid Kuya Boyet P700 (for 5 persons) and wished him well on this day. I asked him earlier to come with us for lunch but our next stop was out of the way since he did not heed my initial instructions - Kalibato Lake being the last lake we should have visited. I figured out that was to save on gasoline. Oh well, P 700 was more than enough to buy him a hearty lunch though. :-)